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Pregnant women and parents to get more employment protection

Posted: 21st February 2019   In: Individual Employment

The government is planning more protection for pregnant women and new parents to prevent them losing their jobs when they return to work after having children.

It’s put forward proposals that the legal protection against redundancy for pregnant women and new mothers on maternity leave is extended so that it continues for up to six months after they return to work.

It will also seek views on affording the same protection to parents returning from adoption leave or shared parental leave.

Research commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), found 1 in 9 women said they had been fired or made redundant when they returned to work after having a child, or were treated so badly they felt forced out of their job.

One in five mothers reported other financial loss, which included failing to gain a promotion, salary reduction, a lower pay rise or bonus, and not receiving non-salary benefits and/or demotion.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “It’s unacceptable that too many parents still encounter difficulties when returning to work. Our proposals are set to provide greater protection for new parents in the workplace and put their minds at ease at this important time.

“This follows the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years. On parental leave and pay alone:

The government has now begun a public consultation on pregnancy and maternity discrimination that will:

We shall keep clients informed of developments.

Please contact Sorcha Monaghan if you would like more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of employment law.



Posted by: Sorcha Monaghan
Luton Office